This summer, nine members from our guild attended the EAC Seminar in Prince Edward Island, July 17-22. For many of us, it would be our first. Months before, we had sent in our applications, and now the time had come. PEI is a favorite destination for vacationers from around the world, so many of those attending were combining the seminar with holidays. In getting to know our fellow seminar partipants, we discovered many were from as far away as the US.
After arriving at the University of PEI Campus, where the seminar was being held, it was a flurry of excitement getting checked in to the residence and picking up our welcome packages filled with information and goodies put together for us by the local coordinators. That first night there was a meet-and-greet where we got to meet fellow attendees and our instructors. There were food and games and an embroidery challenge, won by the ANG table!
The next five days would be filled with course work and shopping at the Vendors Market as well as several pop-up stores open during the seminar. Set in the middle of the week, there was a choice of a one-day workshop, or seeing the sights of PEI on excursions arranged by the organizers. At the closing banquet, everyone was tired and happy. A request had been made that we should try and wear an item that we embroidered to the banquet and one of the highlights of the night was a parade around the room of everyone who had brought something they had made.
Our thanks to the organizers for a job well done.
About five months ago, we showed you pictures of Margot’s finished trinket box. As an update on that, we’re happy to announce that at the recent EAC Seminar in Newfoundland, it won second place for the Viewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Margot!
Road trip! The tapestry was on exhibition in New Glasgow at the New Glasgow Street Theatre, and several of our members took the opportunity to go view it. The work itself was created to illustrate the histories of Scottish migrants throughout the world, and the vividly coloured embroidery on display was certainly inspiring. The story of its creation and pictures of all the panels can be found at scottishdiasporatapestry.org
Marie-France has been very busy this past year and has shared pictures of her latest finished work.
Whenever the new Stitch magazine arrives, it gets passed around the worktable and eagerly perused by everyone. It’s always a treat to be the first one to borrow this latest issue to really get into the articles and projects. The magazine is full of interesting and accessible needlework, ranging from the very traditional – stumpwork and kogin – to the very modern, combining needlework with watercolour. This publication comes highly recommended!
Have you checked your attic recently? Recently a set of near perfect, Jacobean embroidery bed hangings from the 1600’s, were found in the attic of a ruined castle in Scotland.
Some people have all the luck. The only thing I found in the attic of my house was dust!
Submitted by Margot Walker
Marie-France has been enormously busy finishing these lovely embroideries. The Danish counted thread white work design is called Katie’s Hyggelig Tray Cloth.
And here is a beautiful Heirloom Wedding Sampler which will surely be a treasured gift for the new bride and groom.